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There's bound to be some in Minnesota outside of the twin cities who wonder why the state is getting involved in a funding deal for a new Vikings stadium in Minneapolis. But Cory Merrifield, founder of the website Save-the-Vikes.org says three million fans who tune in for every Vikings game on Sunday around the state know how important the team is to the state. And if a deal isn't done soon, it could be curtains for the storied franchise in Minnesota
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Current deal for the stadium would mix additional gambling revenue with money from Minneapolis and several hundred million dollars from Vikings owners. The new stadium would be built close to where the Metrodome is now.
A Minnesota native who currently lives in England will return to the Midwest to become Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson, who currently serves as Pro Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation at De Montfort University in Leicester, England, will begin her new UW-L position effective July 1st. Macpherson says her 22-year experience overseas will help her transition into her role at UW-L, where she’s already taken note of an emphasis on academics. Macpherson was selected from an international search. She follows former Provost Kathleen Enz Finken, who resigned in December to become provost at Cal Poly University.
(AP) Gov. Mark Dayton says he'll try to pare back an overseas corporate tax break to finance a tax credit he wants for Minnesota companies that hire veterans, students or the currently unemployed. The tax break-for-tax break swap is the cornerstone of a supplemental budget he released Monday. It contains roughly $60 million in changes to a multibillion-dollar budget. Other features include reversing some health program cuts made a year ago. Lawmakers set the state's two-year budget last year and technically don't have to adjust it. Dayton's proposal hinges on the reduction of a tax preference for Minnesota businesses with overseas operations or subsidiaries. The change would generate $40 million if enacted this year. Republicans have long resisted the corporate tax change, arguing it would be a hardship on businesses.
(AP) Many hundreds of union members are demonstrating outside a state Capitol hearing room as a Senate committee weighs making Minnesota a ``right to work'' state. Supporters of the Republican-sponsored measure want an amendment on November's statewide ballot. It would ask voters whether Minnesota's Constitution should be amended to make private and public union membership voluntary.
Demonstrators surrounded the hearing room and filled overflow areas Monday morning. They loudly chanted while amendment backers testified. Under current law, employees in union-represented workplaces not in the union still pay a ``fair share'' fee of up to 85 percent of normal dues. Amendment backers say that's not fair. They say the amendment would improve Minnesota's business climate. But union backers say those workers still benefit from the wages, benefits and conditions bargained by unions.
(AP) The state Assembly is expected to sign off on a bill this week that would create a wolf hunt in Wisconsin. The Assembly is set to take up the measure during a floor session Tuesday, but it's unclear when the vote may happen. The two-year legislative session ends on Thursday and majority Republicans have placed dozens of bills on Tuesday's calendar. They'll likely work through Tuesday night into Wednesday. The wolf hunt vote might not come until early Wednesday morning or even later. The Senate approved the measure last week. Assembly approval would send the bill to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature. The governor hasn't committed to the bill. Walker's spokesman says the governor will evaluate the measure when it reaches his desk.